Easter Island Exploration
Over the course of your days spent at Explora Rapa Nui, chose from over 30 activities that vary in length and difficulty. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These excursions are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty – you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended explorations.
Featured Easter Island Hiking Explorations
Ara O Te Moai (moai quarry)
For this easy, 2.7-mile hike, the Explora van takes you to Hanga Te Tenga, an empty platform with groups of moai that were never raised. Then walk by Ara O Te Moai-a trail formerly used by the Rapa Nui people to transport the moai-to find statues abandoned during transportation and others that are unfinished. Then onto Ranu Raraku National Park, the quarry where all the statues were carved for a walk inside the crater.
Ahu Te Peu–Hanga Roa
This moderate, 3.9-mile, 3.5-hour hike begins by van ride to Ahu Akivi, the only place on the island where the moai are facing the sea. Continue by van until reaching the Te Peu platform to hike along steep cliffs with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, visit the Ana Kakenga Cave, a large tubular cavern formed by flowing lava. Finish this amazing hike at the Ahu Tahai, in Hanga Roa, where you find the only moai with coral eyes before returning to the lodge by van.
This moderate, 5.7-mile, 4-hour hike begins by van ride to Ahu Tahira, a construction platform with perfectly overlapping stone structures. Go up to the rim of the Rano Kau crater, the largest on the Island, and then hike to Orongo, an ancient ceremonial village where the Birdman competition took place.
This moderate, 6-mile hike takes 4 hours. Travel to Vaitea to begin your climb to Maunga Kuma and the Maunga Terevaka, the highest point on the island with a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire island and Pacific Ocean. Follow the path to Anakena along high coastal ridges, slowly descending, passing through various archaeological sites to arrive at Anakena Beach where you can swim and enjoy the shade of the palm groves.
This advanced, 5.1-mile hike takes 3.5 hours to view the 15 moai from above. Leave the lodge by van and head to Ahu Mahatua for a walk down a path along a steep cliff, passing Maunga Parehe and Maunga Tea-Tea, two small knolls on this area of the island. Along the way, see the Vai Aheva fountain and climb to the top of Maunga Pua Katiki, the highest point of the hike. Finish this spectacular hike with a steep descent to the Tongariki platform to view the 15 moai from above.
Featured Easter Island Biking Exploration: Tongariki
This moderate, 13.2-mile, 3-hour bicycle ride starts by leaving the lodge by bicycle, traveling along the coastal road with excellent examples of local agriculture. Continue towards the Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 intact moai. Complete today’s adventure with a refreshing swim in a natural lagoon on your ride back.
Featured Easter Island Sea Explorations
This half day journey to the islets begins with a drive by van to the coves of Hanga Otai or Hanga Piko, where you’ll embark by boat to the coastal caves. Enjoy panoramic views of the cliffs, Rano Kau and the Motus, small islets famous for the Birdman competition. Witnessing the crystal-clear water and beauty of Easter Island from the sea is sure to be a highlight of your stay.
This artisanal fisheries tour travels to a local cove to embark on a traditional fishing boat with local fishermen who will teach you how to fish in the open sea using time-honored Rapa Nui techniques. Bring your red or glass-eye snapper back to the lodge to be cooked up by the chef for dinner.
Experience why the waters of Rapa Nui are famous for their clarity on this half-day tour. Sail to one of the best areas for snorkeling and search for corals, mollusks, crustaceans and tropical fish.
Additional Easter Island Cultural Exploration
Guests can occasionally enjoy dance presentations during their stay at the lodge, but for those travelers who want to attend the show put on by Kari-Kari, a traditional dance and folklore group, reservations can be made. These are available at additional cost, but transportation is provided.
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